‘Pain & Gain’ Film Facts: The Rock & Mark Wahlberg Combine for 17 Meals a Day

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Mark Wahlberg and Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson add immensity to the term “movie buff” as their new action-crime-comedy, “Pain & Gain,” hits theaters this weekend.
In the Michael Bay film, Wahlberg and Johnson play body builders who hatch a meatheaded plan to extort money from rich guys in early 90s Miami Beach. When these American dreamers turn out to be nightmarish thugs, all sorts of Bayhem ensues.
We all know Wahlberg and The Rock will fill up the big screen, but here’s five facts about “Pain & Gain” that you may not know.
The Rock Needs Food!
1. If you’ve ever seen The Rock throw “The People’s Elbow,” you may have thought he could simply walk off the wrestling mat and be ready to play a body builder on set. But that’s not the case. According to USA Today, besides upping his workout regime, the 6’4″ former wrestler put on “12 to 15 pounds of muscle” by going on a crazy calorie binge that amounted to seven full meals a day, topping out at over 250 pounds.. Here’s how he divvied up his daily allowance of “good complex carbs and protein/fat sources.”
Breakfast: 10-ounce beef fillet, 2 cups of oatmeal, two-egg omelet.
Brunch: 8 ounces of cod, 12 ounces of sweet potatoes, 1 cup of steamed veggies.
Half lunch: 8 ounces of chicken (we’re assuming not fried), 2 cups of white rice, 1 cup of veggies.
Lunch: 8 more ounces of cod, 2 cups of rice, 1 cup of veggies.
Lunner (or maybe dunch): 8 ounces of steak, 12 ounces of baked potato fries, a salad.
Dinner: 10 more ounces of cod (really, can you ever get enough cod?) 2 more cups of rice, another salad.
Late-night snack: 30 grams of casein protein powder, 10-egg-white omelet (yes, 10!), 1 cup of veggies, a tablespoon of Omega-3 to wash it down.
Got Milk?
2. After going 150 days on that diet without cheating, The Rock broke his fast in the grandest of fashions. According to Muscle & Strength, Johnson went on a three round eating bender that consisted of 12 pancakes, followed by four “double dough pepperoni pizzas,” followed by 21 brownies and a jug of milk. Apparently The Rock isn’t much into moderation.

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When Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart first auditioned for ‘Twilight’… in bed

Hindsight is 20/20. And the story of director, director, ‘s first meeting with Kristen Stewart is no exception.
In late 2007, Stewart had already been selected to play the part of Bella by first “Twilight” director Catherine Hardwicke — who had also helmed ’70s-set beach-skateboard flick “Lords of Dogtown” (2005). Hardwicke had been tipped off by one of her “Dogtown” actors, Emile Hirsch, to Stewart’s talent. “Her mixture of innocence and longing just knocked me out,” the director told Entertainment Weekly in 2008. But Hardwicke was having a tougher time finding her Edward and is said to have even enlisted the help of Stewart in her vampire hunt. Continue reading

The President and Michelle Obama: The Story Behind the Most-Liked Photo of All Time

 

It was an intimate snapshot of a sweet celebration: Minutes after the networks called the 2012 presidential election for Barack Obama on Tuesday night, the Obama for America campaign posted a picture of him hugging his wife along with a simple message: “Four more years.” Within minutes, it became the most popular post in the history of Twitter and the most-liked image in the history of Facebook, shared more than 804,000 times, marked as a favorite by more than 289,500 Twitter users, and “liked” by more than 3.2 million Facebook friends.

The simple shot of a happy husband and wife was a surprise to people who may have been expecting a grand portrait of a newly re-elected president and his people. But no one was more surprised than the woman who took the photo back in August.

Scout Tufankjian, a photojournalist who has been focusing her lens on Obama’s political career since 2007, told Slate’s Julia Turner that she snapped the picture on the third day of an Iowa bus tour.

“It was the first day that the first lady had joined us so he hadn’t seen her in a couple of days,” she explained. “She came in on a bus that morning—it was the first event of the day—and they embraced on stage. Onstage in front of all those people.”

“I decided to focus on them rather than taking a wider shot, because I think I’m not alone in finding their relationship to be totally aspirational,” the newly married photojournalist said. “The obvious love and respect that they have for each other, and that the relationship is clearly one of equals, despite the fact that he’s the president, is remarkable. So I wanted to focus on them as a couple rather than on them and the crowd, or them and their position.”

Tufankjian didn’t know that the campaign had used the picture as their Election Night victory image until a friend emailed her about it. It’s unusual that such a personal shot would be used in such a high-profile way, but Tufankjian says it makes sense to her. “It reflects on the way that people feel about the Obamas as people, rather than as public figures,” she said. “What the family is and represents to the country is as much a part of the president’s appeal as his policies.”

After she chronicled Obama’s 2008 campaign, his campaign team hired her in August 2012 as one of their two official photojournalists. It’s given her an opportunity to travel with the president and witness scenes that few ever get to see—like the moment a pizza shop owner in Florida gave the President a bear hug that lifted him off his feet.

The President is “so much happier and more relaxed” when he’s with his family, Tufankjian confided. “He and the first lady are so focused on each other. The way that they play off each other and get energy from each other… when I was shooting the president during the 2008 campaign I would watch them greet each other on stage and I used to text-message my boyfriend, now my husband: ‘Do you love me as much as Barack loves Michelle?’ and he’d be like, ‘Probably not, no’.”

Still, she has hope. “The way that they relate to each other—they just celebrated their 20th anniversary—the way they enjoy each other and listen to each other, and the real respect that they have for each other is something I would like to see in my relationship twenty years from now,” she said.

The new Global Super Power…….China ! …..and The Land Of Sandy??

In North America, it’s become almost a cliché in science fiction to turn Japan and Korea into superpowers of the future. From William Gibson’s first cyberpunk novel Neuromancer, to David Mitchell’s Cloud Atlas (now a movie), we are bombarded with images of a hyper-futuristic world dominated culturally and economically by these Asian countries. And yet, despite intense political debates (and fearmongering) over China’s growing hold over the U.S., we rarely see science fiction stories that depict it becoming a superpower. It’s like we’re afraid to imagine in fiction what the U.S. presidential candidates argued over repeatedly in their debates. Even the remake of Red Dawn shies away from a Chinese future; the movie was about a Chinese invasion, but that detail was changed in post-production to North Korea.

Still, there are stories like Looper and Maureen McHugh’s novel China Mountain Zhang that are set in a future where China has eclipsed the West. A few themes emerge from stories like these, where most U.S. and Canadian fiction fears to go. Continue reading

Presidential Elections….NYC Residents Can Vote at any New York State Polling Place Tomorrow

The Latest News About Elections Is

“If you’re a resident of NYC or Westchester, Long Island and Rockland counties, you can submit an affadavit ballot for the presidential and US Senatorial elections at any polling place in the state of New York you like tomorrow. You can’t vote in local elections, but it’s still useful for those who’s living and transportations situations we’re affected by Hurricane Sandy.”

But how many residents care more about going and voting tomorrow than finding their family and loved ones, cleaning up their house, dealing with their insurance companies and getting their life back to normal.

“NASA Astronauts, who are true American heroes, aboard the ISS can vote in the presidential election tomorrow too.”

So if you’re already on our planet, you pretty much have no excuse not to vote now and

Can we be sure they are actually Americans voting though? Are we positive it’s not some Russian cosmonaut trying to sway the election? 😀

*I VOTED !*

Samsung Teams Up With Yahoo For Interactive TV Service

Samsung has just teamed up with Yahoo, creating a multi-year partnership that will bring the search company’s interactive Connected TV platform to Sammy’s 2012 lineup of smart TVs

Connected TV—software that brings interactive content like trivia, program statistics and playable games to the shows you’re watching—hasn’t gotten off to the best of starts so far. Clearly, though, Samsung thinks it shows promise. In particular, the tie-in will allow Samsung TV users to use their smartphone or tablet as an extra remote, or as a means through which to consume Yahoo’s additional content. That sounds pretty good.

The one major downside? Yahoo’s service also recognizes commercials—so you could expect twice the advertising along with your entertainment.

News from gizmodo.com

Some Hilarious Factors That Predict Every Presidential Election….!!

Despite what the pundits, talking heads and NPR tell you, the presidential election is still a crapshoot. You think you know what’s going to happen, then BAM! The president of the United States takes a Xanax/Thanksgiving turkey cocktail before a debate. Wouldn’t it be great if you could shut out that political noise and predict the outcome of every presidential election based on completely ridiculous and arbitrary factors?

Guess what? You totally can. Just go by …

#6. The Redskins Rule


The Washington Redskins enjoy one of the most remarkable reputations in political history due to a little correlation called the “Redskins rule.” It’s as simple as it is spooky: If the Redskins win their last home game before election day, then the party in power gets to hold on to the White House. If the Redskins lose, no matter how close the game, the opposition party takes over. Continue reading